NATS air traffic control staff are working normally this week despite industrial action by controllers across Europe.
Controllers and support staff at the two NATS centres in Swanwick in Hampshire and Prestwick in Ayrshire, as well as at NATS-operated control towers across the UK, are continuing to provide a safe and efficient service to airlines and their passengers.
NATS Chief Executive Richard Deakin said: “We are aware of the potential for strikes in other countries and should these go ahead we will liaise closely, as we normally do, with Eurocontrol and other European air navigation services to minimise any impact on the UK.
“We will also work closely with our airline and airport customers to help them manage their own operations as smoothly as possibly if any changes are necessary.
“Passengers who think they may be affected by the action should check with their airlines.”
NATS has apologised to Heathrow Airport Ltd for not highlighting an operational change to air traffic control which has affected some of the same communities that were affected by the airport’s airspace trials which ended last November.
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